Review by Cablevision2

Reviewed: 01/02/07

A great Legend of Zelda

When I got this game, I was a little skeptical. I wondered if this game would be as complicated as the others. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a great game, however many of the dungeons were extremely difficult and easy in which to get lost. Majora's Mask was no better but added the 3-Day time limit which put you under the gun, though it had fewer dungeons. Luckily, this game is straight forward, but does not give up its challenge.
The story begins in a small village where Link resides. You are given a task to go to Hyrule Castle and deliver a parcel in two days. In those two days, you are given a few chores and gain some equipment. When the time comes for you to leave, something terrible happens and you are transformed into a wolf. You must use your wolf powers and your human abilities to save the world from Twilight's grasp.

Gameplay: 9/10

Very similar to the other Zelda games. Equip items for use on designated buttons, several key and lock dungeons, enemies abroad and challenge for the average gamer. The two day "prologue" teaches you the game mechanics, what many of the items do and how to use them. Epona is usable in the beginning of the game and is very simple to use. However, the two herding missions can get frustrating but are tolerable. The battle mechanics are the same. No simpler or harder, but the targeting is a bit off. There can be an enemy close to you and attacking you, but you must face it and then target it. It is not automatic. When it comes to the point when your weapon uses cross hairs, the directional stick and be over sensitive and you can completely miss your target. There is also a very small margin for error, for if you are just a slight amount off your target, the projectile will miss entirely, so you must be precise. I thought the wolf form would be dreadful, but it is an actual good change of pace. It opens up a new way to play Legend of Zelda. Enter an area that is covered in Twilight, you will become your wolf form. You must collect tears of light to lift the Twilight to become your normal self and then destroy the Twilit monsters in the dungeons. The wolf form also has the ability to dig up items, speak to animals, and follow scent trails to the new objective. You are not alone in this journey. You are accompanied by the twilit creature, Midna. She teaches you how to use your wolf form and aids you in difficult situations, like opening up an option to jump large gaps. Like in the wolf form, she should be used as often as possible, so you don't get lost or stuck. Now, the famous ocarina... is gone. No Ocarina for you. Now, anything you want to do must be done either with grass (as normal Link) or by howling (as Wolf Link). Also, pressing buttons no longer does the sounds for you. You must hold the A button while using the D-stick to control the pitch of the howl. The game will prompt you whether to howl or not at the bottom of the screen.

Graphics: 9/10

Very artistic and a true sight to see. Just riding Epona to look around is fun and beautiful. The enemies look as they should and are well made as well. The characters look nice and they finally have different facial expressions other than happy, sad, or normal.

Sounds: 10/10

All the original Zelda sounds are here and a lot of the music from the Ocarina of Time are here as well as some new stuff. You will feel right at home with the sounds alone.

Overview: 9/10

It was given a nine because there is always room for improvement. There is still the problem I find that you can be very far into the game and have to backtrack because there is something that is vital for the continuation of the game, but you missed it. Other than that, it is still very impressive and the new look for Link is great.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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